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Nature Next Door

Cities and Trees in the American Northeast

Ellen Stroud

Publication Year: 2012

Nature Next Door argues that the growth of cities, the construction of parks, the transformation of farming, the boom in tourism, and changes in the timber industry have together brought about a return of northeastern forests.

Published by: University of Washington Press


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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Foreword: The Once and Future Forest

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pp. ix-xii

In 1983, I published a small volume entitled Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. That book is now nearly thirty years old, making it an early contribution to what is now regarded as the first generation of environmental history writing in the United States. In it, I told...

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pp. xiii-xviii

This book was only possible because of the generosity of many friends, relatives, colleagues, advisors, teachers, mentors, students, librarians, archivists, neighbors, and strangers. I want to thank everyone who had a hand in shaping the work and in seeing that I completed it, even though it will be...

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A Note on the Maps

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pp. xix-xx

The forest cover maps and reforestation statistics in this volume draw on data from multiple sources, the most important of which are Charles S. Sargent’s Report on the Forests of North America (exclusive of Mexico), Tenth Census of the United States, 1880 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing...

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Introduction: The City and the Trees

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pp. 3-15

Every May, before the city heat became unbearable, Philadelphia lawyer Herbert Welsh packed a small backpack, a blanket, some snacks, and his umbrella and headed off from his fashionable neighborhood in Germantown for a five-hundred-mile walk to New Hampshire...

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1. Water and Woods in Pennsylvania

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pp. 16-49

Walking through the ancient hemlock grove in the bottom of a remote valley in Pennsylvania’s Huntingdon County, hikers in the 1890s may have wondered why a patch of tall evergreens was still standing when nearly everything nearby had been cut down. This area...

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2. New Hampshire Watersheds, Viewsheds, and Timber

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pp. 50-80

As August gave way to September in 1909 and Lake Sunapee vacationers were closing up their summer houses before returning to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C., Philadelphia lawyer Herbert Welsh noticed that loggers were cutting down trees on the...

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3. Packaging the Forested Farm in Vermont

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pp. 81-112

Where New Hampshire is rugged and refined, Vermont is homey and pure. Along Highway 89 from Concord to Montpelier, the view changes. In New Hampshire, tall evergreens shroud the road, allowing no vista beyond the trees. Across the Connecticut River in...

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4. Who Owns Maine’s Trees?

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pp. 113-143

In May 1895, Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby sat tying flies in a Maine cabin, admiring the mounted deer and moose heads that adorned the cabin walls and handing out pamphlets to passersby. The cabin was a modest one, a mere ten-by-thirteen-foot structure of peeled logs, but it...

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5. Fractured Forests and the Future of Northeastern Trees

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pp. 144-159

In July 2009, a black bear snacked on a pet rabbit in Passaic County, New Jersey. “The bear was just sauntering down the street,” said Luiz Katz, who saw the bear loping through the neighborhood before it crushed an outdoor rabbit cage, scooped up the pet, and headed back into the...


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pp. 161-192

Bibliographic Essay

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pp. 193-199


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pp. 201-207

Further Reading, Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780295804453
E-ISBN-10: 0295804459
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295992082
Print-ISBN-10: 0295992085

Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 813286411
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  • Trees in cities -- Northeastern States.
  • Urban forestry -- Northeastern States.
  • Urban ecology (Sociology) -- Northeastern States.
  • Urbanization -- Environmental aspects -- Northeastern States.
  • Reforestation -- Northeastern States.
  • Watersheds -- Northeastern States.
  • Northeastern States -- Environmental conditions.
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